hi... I have a '98 xk8 conv and the steering is "groaning" due to low PS fluid; but there is no evidence of leaking. When I add PS fluid all is nprmal again for 3-4 wks....
Hello1st thing to check is if the steering rack 'boots' on the ends of the rack which expand and collapse aren't full of fluid as this could hide a leaking rack seal for a while until they too fill up and pump fluid out the endthe most usually place to lose fluid is through a leaking hydraulic cooler / hose linethe return line to the pump incorporates a finned pipe which sits behind the radiator and can rust through so take a good look in this area as well
thx, but.....the car is in my garage,- how do I access & check the "boots"? - Where is the "finned" line? Is the pump the thing I pour PS fluid into?since all I know how to do is open the hood, am I wasting my time?
HelloIf you're not confident about resolving this then I'd suggest getting a professional involved but the 'boots' are a convoluted rubber gaiter that seals the track rod onto the steering rack and they look like thisthe finned line is part of the hose that runs back to the pump and looks like this
sorry for the confusion but my issue is if it is viable for me to find & check the boot if my car is not on a lift and has its wheels/tires on....same for the hose, if all I can do is look into the engine compartment with the hood up, is it accessable for me to examine?
Helloyou won't see the hose or the boot from the top with the hood upboth are accessed from underneath so you can have a look if you feel like jacking the car up but from your description it sounds like it would be best to get the car to a Jaguar specialist to get the best care without paying dealer prices